Most training programs allow techs to secure undergraduate or associate degrees

September 9, 2008

Results from a survey conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists show that 73% of certificate RT education programs have articulation agreements in place with educational institutions that allow their graduates to obtain a bachelor’s or associate degree.

Results from a survey conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists show that 73% of certificate RT education programs have articulation agreements in place with educational institutions that allow their graduates to obtain a bachelor's or associate degree.

Of the remaining 27%, 13% indicated they are working toward such an arrangement. Only 14% said they had no articulation agreements and weren't planning on any.

"We were surprised by the high percentage of these programs that already have the agreements in place or are planning to in the future," said ASRT chief academic officer Sal Martino. "I believe this underscores the growing importance that both students and educators place on advanced education and degree attainment."

In April 2008, invitations to complete the survey were sent via e-mail to 867 directors of educational programs in radiation therapy and radiography. The invitation contained two questionnaires - one for directors of certificate programs and one for degree-granting programs. Slightly more than half were completed and returned.

Other survey results showed 63% of the articulation agreements award a bachelor's degree and 49% award an associate degree. Some offer both, accounting for a total higher than 100%.

Overall, the program directors expressed a positive attitude toward articulation agreements, with the most common advantage cited being professional and/or educational advancement.